A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal.
The MS in sustainable engineering builds on RIT’s work in sustainability research and education and offers students the flexibility to develop tracks in areas such as renewable energy systems, systems modeling and analysis, product design, and engineering policy and management. Course work is offered on campus and available on a full- or part-time basis. Technical in nature, the program equips engineers with the tools they need to meet the challenges associated with delivering goods, energy, and services through sustainable means. In addition to basic course work in engineering and classes in public policy and environmental management, students are required to complete a research thesis directly related to sustainable design challenges impacting society. Many of these thesis projects support the sustainability-themed research being conducted by RIT faculty in the areas of fuel-cell development, life-cycle engineering, and sustainable process implementation.
Program job titles reported
Associate Brewer; Associate Energy Efficiency Consultant; Chief Technology Officer; Consulting Engineer; Energy Engineer; Engineer Analyst; Manager Operational Excellence Leader; Project Coordinator Strategic Initiatives; PV and Powerwall Designer
Select program hiring partners
RIT NYS Pollution Prevention Institute; Sunny Clean Water; VaCom Technologies; Bastian Solutions; Bright Power; Eversource; Fairport Brewing Company; Franklin Energy; LiDestri Food and Drink; St. Onge Company: Tesla; The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.; Woodcrest Capital
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What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a master’s degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your engineering field of study. And it sets RIT engineering graduates apart from their competitors. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the sustainable engineering master's program.